BP to pay state $218 million for recovery
By Nikki Buskey
HOUMA — BP will pay Louisiana $218 million for coastal restoration, seafood promotion and testing and tourism programs to help the state recover from the Gulf oil spill.
Specifically, the agreement, announced Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal, includes:
n $48 million for seafood marketing and testing.
n $140 million to convert sand berms into larger barrier islands.
n $30 million to help Louisiana’s tourism industry. Jindal said the issues have been among the state’s top priorities.
“America watched as the oil hit our coast month after month, and now we want every American to come here and be a part of another great American comeback,” Jindal said. “I am confident that we will absolutely revitalize Louisiana.”
The announcement was made at Acme Oyster House in New Orleans with a host of parish and state officials, including Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph and Mike Voisin, owner of Motivatit Seafood in Houma and a member of the state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
“Our seafood safety is of primary concern, but we all understand how important coastal restoration is, and we want to make sure we have the resources to bring people back to our area for vacations,” Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet said in a telephone interview. “All of these things will make Terrebonne a better place.” Read more.